India records highest temperature ever
India recorded its highest ever temperature on May 19, 2016, when the heat in the town of Phalodi, in the desert state of Rajasthan, soared to a burning 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 degrees Fahrenheit).
Authorities have issued a severe heat wave alert for the next two days in the western states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and parts of the central state of Madhya Pradesh. That means the areas can expect temperatures as high as 47 degrees Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit) or more.
The previous national record was 50.6 C (123.08 F), set back in 1956 in Alwar, Rajasthan.
These blistering conditions have already claimed dozens of lives in the country’s southern and eastern states. Last year, more than 2,300 people died during an extreme heat wave.
Rivers, lakes and dams have dried up in many parts of the western states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat, and overall officials say that groundwater reservoirs are severely depleted.